Phylogeny and Evolution of the Mollusca

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-03
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Brought together by Winston F. Ponder and David R. Lindberg, thirty-six experts on the evolution of the Mollusca provide an up-to-date review of its evolutionary history. The Mollusca are the second largest animal phylum and boast a fossil record of over 540 million years. They exhibit remarkable anatomical diversity and include the bivalves (scallops, oysters, and clams), gastropods (limpets, snails, and slugs), and cephalopods (squid, cuttlefish, and octopus). This study treats each major taxon and supplies general information as well as overviews of evolution and phylogeny using data from different sources--morphological, ultrastructural, molecular, developmental, and from the fossil record.

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Molluscan Evolution and Phylogeny: An Introductionp. 1
Relationships of Higher Molluscan Taxap. 19
The Early Cambrian Radiation of Molluscap. 33
Solenogastres, Caudofoveata, and Polyplacophorap. 71
Monoplacophora (Tryblidia)p. 97
Bivalviap. 105
Scaphopodap. 143
Cephalopodap. 163
Gastropoda: An Overview and Analysisp. 201
Paleozoic Gastropodap. 239
Patellogastropoda, Neritimorpha, and Cocculinoidea: The Low-Diversity Gastropod Cladesp. 271
Vetigastropodap. 297
Caenogastropodap. 331
Heterobranchia I: The Opisthobranchiap. 385
Heterobranchia II: The Pulmonatap. 409
Molluscan Evolutionary Developmentp. 427
Molluscan Evolutionary Genomicsp. 447
Indexp. 463
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